I watched (and enjoyed) the pilot episode for this show back in the summer (when it used to be called “Parental Discretion” and now theCW has annouced a premiere date for the rebranded Life UneXpected: January 18, 2010 (likely at 9:00 p.m.).
In an effort to air only new episodes on Monday nights, theCW will slot in Life when Gossip Girl goes on hiatus for several weeks in the new year. When Gossip Girl returns, Life will air at 8:00 p.m. while One Tree Hill goes on hiatus.
After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux (Britt Robertson, ‘Swingtown’) has decided it’s time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze of emancipation leads Lux to her biological father, thirty-something Nate ‘Baze’Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, ‘Mad Men’), who is astonished to learn that he has a teenage daughter. Baze owns a bar and still lives like an aging frat boy with his two slacker roommates, Math (Austin Basis, ‘Life on Mars’) and Jamie (Reggie Austin, ‘The Starter Wife’).
It’s Lux’s turn to be astonished when Baze reveals that her mother is Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby, ‘E.R.’), Baze’s high school nemesis with whom he had a one-night stand. Cate is now a star on the local ‘Morning Madness’radio show, along with her partner and fiancé, Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith, ‘Eli Stone’). Lux has been listening to Cate’s voice on the radio as long as she can remember, so she feels an instant connection with the mom she’s never met.
Baze takes Lux to meet Cate, who is guilt-ridden and saddened to learn that Lux has grown up in foster care, but happy to finally meet her beautiful daughter. Although it’s been 15 years since Baze and Cate have seen each other, it doesn’t take them long to fall into the same contentious relationship they had in high school. However, when a judge decides that Lux isn’t ready for emancipation and unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agree to try to get past the arguments and awkwardness and make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.
The show returns two of my old steadies to television – Shiri Appleby and Kerr Smith – who used to star on Roswell and Dawson’s Creek, respectively. The nostalgia was high when I watched the pilot.
We will post a review of the pilot closer to January (which has been scoring very high with critics), but in the meantime check out some promo photos below.
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